How We Discovered this Unique Oil
When I first read about the health benefits of coconut oil, I asked my wife, who grew up on a coconut plantation here in the Philippines, if there was a more natural way to extract the oil from the coconut, so that we didn’t have to buy the refined coconut oils found in all the stores here in the Philippines. She said there was a method the older generation used to extract the oil by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered bucket for about 24 hours. After 24-36 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts. So we started making our coconut oil that way and using it for our cooking needs with our three children. We couldn’t believe how great it tasted, and how healthy we felt. We had been living on Mt. Banahaw for almost two years by that time, and in the year 2000 telephone service was provided to our rural farming community, allowing me to put up a website about our Philippine Herbs. I decided to put our Virgin Coconut Oil up on the website, not really expecting people to order it because it was a bit expensive since we had to hire people to make the oil, and shipping cost a bit because of the weight. Boy were we surprised when people started ordering, and then re-ordering it because they felt so great after using it! They told us there was no other coconut oil like it on the market. (See a sample of testimonies below.)
Before long we had businesses contacting us asking how to order it in bulk. So we discussed how we could mass produce this kind of oil, and almost abandoned the product because we didn’t want to lose the traditional way of making it. In the end, we decided to just keep making it the same way, by having others in our coconut community also make the oil the traditional way. We now have a US distribution center, so that you can order this unique Virgin Coconut oil directly from us off this website and have it delivered to your home in only a few days! The success has so overwhelmed us, that many other coconut communities here in the Philippines are looking at producing this also.
Brian Shilhavy, President, Tropical Traditions, Inc.
Characteristics of Our Virgin Coconut Oil
This Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories reveals a 50% – 53% content of lauric acid. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed to make coconut milk. The milk is then fermented for 24-36 hours, and the oil is then separated and filtered from the curds. No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used here for hundreds of years. This high-grade virgin coconut oil has a long shelf life due to coconut oil’s natural anti-oxidant properties. It has the longest shelf life of any plant oil!
When you purchase this Virgin Coconut Oil, you are also supporting poor farmers in the depressed coconut industry here in the Philippines. The de-husking of fresh coconuts (above)
Delivering Virgin Coconut Oil to the Mt. Banahaw warehouse in 5-gallon pails. Many of our producers live in rural areas in coconut-producing communities where no roads exist, and draft animals like the water buffalo are used.
How is This Oil Used?*
This grade of coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin for conditioning. It is great in the hair for eliminating dandruff. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. For those looking to lose weight naturally, switching to Virgin Coconut Oil can burn off unwanted pounds. Virgin Coconut Oil is also great for digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, and Colits. It is a powerful agent in killing intestinal parasites. Thyroid sufferers are finding that Virgin Coconut oil boosts the metabolism and raises body temperatures. And there is exciting research showing that the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) in coconut oil act to kill Candida Albicans! These MCTs are also responsible for revving up metabolism and giving energy, which holds promise for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers, as well as others who need to boost their energy. It is also great as a carrier for massage oils, and is highly valued as an ingredient in natural soaps and skin care products.
Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. It is currently being used in treating AIDS. Monolaurin is a monoglyceride of lauric acid. Lauric acid is also found in human mother’s milk. Dr. Mary Enig suggests the average adult include about 3.5 Tbsp. of coconut oil per day in their diet.
Some comments from our customers:
Received my coconut oil last week and I have to tell you this just might be the best oil on the planet! Today I simply fried some potatoes in it and they were so special. Not to mention using it on my skin, hair. It is truly an all purpose oil — the best. The customer service demonstrated when I ordered from your company is second to none I’ve encountered. Thank you very much. Frances – Wake Forest, North Carolina
I just had the opportunity to try this organic virgin coconut oil and I have to say…I MUST have this oil. It is fantastic. The virgin oil melted into my skin, leaving it softer but without a greasy finish. The scent is just wonderful. It’s a clean smell and most definitely does not leave you smelling like a Coppertone factory or a kitchen. I really like it. Cyndi – Oakland, California (from an organic manufacturing discussion group)
I received my coconut oil a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Far superior to the other brand I used to use. I’m now using coconut oil in place of butter in baking, cooking and for spread. Also I have to tell you that I have Crohn’s disease and I’m feeling much better since increasing my coconut oil intake. I really appreciate your informative website. Paula – Bothell, WA
I receive several health news letters and eagerly went to your website and devoured it’s contents. I immediately ordered a half gallon of the wonderful oil. I have been consuming it for about 6 weeks and have lost about 5 pounds. I have noticed an increase in energy. I had had low metabolism since I was a teen. I am now 76 yrs old. I’m so pleased that I’m losing about a pound a week and no longer have tenderness in my gallbladder area. I walk about 3 miles 3 times a week and love the taste of the oil. I’m 76 and shooting for 100 unless the Savior comes before that! Sally – Wenatchee, WA
This is a very good quality coconut oil made the traditional way. Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil
I have added about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to my diet a day on top of my normal amount of calories. (I’m trying to get it up more.) I have a family history of thyroid disorders. All of my living sisters and my mother are currently being treated for hypothyroidism. I have struggled all my life with trying to keep my weight down and have to eat between 1200 and 1400 calories plus do regular exercise in order to keep my weight stable. I decided to use coconut oil after reading the work of Dr. Ray Peat and feeling for years that my thyroid function has never been adequate. In the past thyroid tests have shown me to be a tiny bit low, not enough for treatment. My own experience so far has been very good. I have not put on any new weight even though I am eating easily 300 more calories a day. I have actually dropped a few pounds recently since working on eating more
coconut oil. I am a celiac and the coconut oil has had very good effects on my intestinal tract as well. I am the only one left in my immediate family not on thyroid medication right now and the only one not overweight. Something must be right about this. I am 49 and seem to be healthy for my age. Tish, Iowa
I wanted to share my experience with Virgin Coconut Oil. I have been using the oil for about two weeks. My skin looks great, no more dryness-I use to have very dry skin. My hair looks great, soft and shiny, no more frizz. And my scalp is no longer dry. Also, my eyelashes have grown longer and thicker! This is a plus I did not expect. I now make an effort to apply a bit oil with a clean mascara brush each morning/night. Lizmarie, Nashville, TN